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DRAFT Targets for Week 9

DRAFT Fantasy Targets for Week 9

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Most of us that play daily fantasy sports do so via Draft Kings and Fan Duel. However, this season I have ventured my way over to another platform and that is DRAFT. The site that hosts live daily fantasy football drafts that take just minutes to complete. The cool thing about DRAFT is the fact that you and only you own the player you draft in the contests you enter. So if you are confident on a guy, grab him, if you are sure a guy will be a bust that week, fade him and maybe your opponent will draft him. On DRAFT there’s no worrying about your opponent having the same player as you. But hey, there is a good chance you already know this about DRAFT and that is why you are reading this article, and if you didn’t, make sure you get over to draft.com and check it out. In this article, I will give you my top two targets on DRAFT at each of the three eligible position spots: QB, RB, and WR/TE.

We are officially halfway through the 2017 season. I can never remember an NFL season with as many top names winding up with significant injuries as this one. Andrew Luck, David Johnson, Odell Beckham, Jr., Dalvin Cook, J.J. Watt, Aaron Rodgers, and now Deshaun Watson most notably. If I listed every significant player that is or has been hurt this season we wouldn’t have room for the rest of the article. Overall it’s sad for the league and it’s sad for the football fan and It’s been a tough season for the season-long fantasy player. The beauty of DFS is that it is always on to the next week and you have another chance to cash in. As far as quarterbacks go our player pool has been significantly reduced as Jacoby Brissett, C.J. Beathard, Drew Stanton, Brett Hundley, and now Tom Savage will be starting in Week 9.

Who should we target on DRAFT this week? Here are my suggestions:

Week 8 Recap:

Quarterback:

  • Cam Newton – 154 Yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, 44 RUY– 13.56 DP
  • Kirk Cousins – 26/39 263 Yards, 1 TD, 1 INT – 11.52 DP

Running Back:

  • LeVeon Bell – 25 ATT, 76 RUY, 2 REC, 5 REY –  13.10 DP
  • LeSean McCoy – 27 ATT, 151 RUY, 1 TD, 6 REC, 22 REY –  26.30 DP

Wide Receiver/Tight End:

  • Antonio Brown  – 5 REC, 70 REY, – 9.50 DP
  • Amari Cooper  – 5 REC, 48 REY – 7.70 DP

DRAFT Week 9 Targets:

Quarterback

Drew Brees

Saints vs. Buccaneers

  • Draft Point Average: 17.7
  • Gridiron Experts Rank: 7th

Last week, I suggested Cam Newton in a “get right” spot against this very Tampa Bay defense that went from “cream of the crop to bottom of the lot.” The weather did not help the situation last week as Cam was facing winds that was blowing the ball off the line of scrimmage, an official had to place his foot on the ball to keep it from blowing away at one point in the game.

This week, we do not have to worry about mother nature as the Buccaneers will take their 31st ranked Pass DVOA into the Superdome to face Drew Brees who is a man possessed within the confines of that stadium. Brees has a career 101.3 passer rating, a 67.5 completion %, and a 14:5 TD/INT ratio at home.

Tampa Bay gave up top-ten fantasy weeks to Case Keenum, Eli Manning, Carson Palmer, and Tyrod Taylor in four of their last six games and rank last in sacks (7), and last in quarterback hits (31) while surrendering the NFL’s third-most passing yards (274.7) and eighth-most passing TDs per game (1.71). This spot is a no-brainer and I want Drew Brees as my QB in any and all formats on DRAFT this week.

Matt Stafford

Lions @ Packers

  • Draft Point Average: 17.0
  • Gridiron Experts Week 7 Ranking:

Let’s be real here. The Green Bay Packers are in trouble. Before their week 8 bye, the Packers offense struggled mightily to sustain drives. They finished the game with 87 passing yards and a box score that looked like it was out of a Wisconsin high school league. Head Coach Mike McCarthy was conservative in his play-calling, to say the least and if Green Bay is unable to open things up this Packer defense is going to be in tough situations throughout this game.

If I was a betting man, I would bet that the Lions will have the football in Green Bay territory early and often. The Packers pass defense currently ranks 18th in DVOA and gave up 251, and four total touchdowns to Dak Prescott, and 331 and two total touchdowns to Drew Brees in recent weeks.

Stafford will be low on most DRAFT players’ radars and in bigger drafts, you can wait and select him late to make sure you get your guys at RB. I can almost guarantee that you will get Stafford in a head to head. Coming off of back to back 312 and 423-yard weeks I’ll gladly wait and sure up my other positions first this week.

Also considering: Dak Prescott, Alex Smith, Cam Newton, Russell Wilson

Running Back

Todd Gurley

Rams @ Giants

  • Draft Point Average: 21.4
  • Gridiron Experts Weekly Ranking:

PlayDRAFTTodd Gurley is my number one RB this week. The Giants have given up 100-plus yard rushing games to the Cowboys, Lions, Eagles, and Chargers backfields, and gave up 99 to the Buccaneers so far this season. Gurley is fourth in the NFL in actual opportunity at 19.4 per game. Meaning that given his workload, an average player would score 19.4 fantasy points. Gurley is a usage monster that makes the most of his opportunities.

Gurley is averaging 24.6 touches for 131.4 yards and has eight touchdowns in seven games. He should be fresh off of the Rams’ week 8 bye taking on the Giants run defense that ranks 24th in DVOA and has allowed a sub-par 4.12 yards per carry to running backs. Sign me up.

Doug Martin

Bucs @ Saints

  • Draft Point Average: 11.6
  • Gridiron Experts Weekly Ranking:

Obviously, Zeke and Kareem Hunt are in prime spots, but I wanted to talk about another guy who is under the radar this week, Doug Martin. If how the Chicago Bears were able to stay in the game against New Orleans last week is any indication, it should be the formula for Tampa Bay this week. That formula was pound the ball with Jordan Howard, this week the beneficiary will be Doug Martin.

Martin is only averaging 11.6 DP this season but continued to lead Tampa’s backfield usage last week against Carolina. Mighty Mouse had 19 touches on 58% of the snaps. The only other back to log a touch was Jacquizz Rodgers and against this Saints run defense that allows 4.48 yards per carry to running backs and the eighth-most receiving yards (389) to running backs this is a must play spot in my opinion.

All of this, on top of the fact that Jameis Winston is still not 100% tells me that Tampa will lean on the run more than usual this week. If the Buccaneers do this, slow the tempo and keep the game close Martin is going to have a huge day.

Also Considering: Ezekiel Elliot, Kareem Hunt, Mark Ingram, Alvin Kamara, Carlos Hyde, Christian McCaffrey, Aaron Jones, Tevin Coleman

 

Wide Receiver/Tight End

Michael Thomas

Saints vs. Buccaneers

  • Draft Point Average: 11.6
  • Gridiron Experts Weekly Position Rank:

Michael Thomas is undoubtedly Drew Brees’ favorite receiving target and has been all season long. He leads the Saints in targets with 62, the next closest Saints WR is Ted Gin with half as many as Thomas at 31.

According to Pro Football Focus (PFF), Thomas is going to get Robert McClain coverage a CB that is allowing .27 fantasy points per route covered and is graded a low 42.6 this season. PFF identifies it as a 30% matchup advantage for Thomas.

This season, Thomas has been consistent but not a massive fantasy producer with 75 or more yards in five of his last six games but he does not have a game over 90-yards this year. If there is a game that Thomas could explode this season it is in this spot. The Buccaneers have allowed the NFL’s third-most catches (102), fourth-most yards (1,340), and seventh-most touchdowns (8) to wide receivers. Count me in.

Golden Tate

Lions @ Packers

  • Draft Point Average: 11.0
  • Gridiron Experts Weekly Position Rank:

Golden TateI love that we get the Monday night game included in the main slate on DRAFT. This week especially as Golden Tate could have a giant game this week against the slot corner combination of Lenny Pipkins and Damarious Randall. First of all, let’s recognize the name of Lenny Pipkins. That might be one of the greatest sports names of all time. Second of all, and most importantly Pipkins is an undrafted player that will be making his NFL debut. Without data on Pipkins, we cannot assess that one on one matchup but we have to assume it’s a good one for Tate. We can assess the matchup of Tate-Randall and PFF gives this a 54% advantage to Tate and lists it as the 4th best WR matchup of the week.

Tate gets a long week of rest to heal up his ailing shoulder. Last week he was unsure if he would play but did wind up with seven catches for 86 yards on eight targets in last Sunday night’s loss to Pittsburgh, Tate should be closer to full strength this week and leads the Lions in targets with 55. Tate is a tad sneaky and that’s how I like it.

Also Considering: Travis Kelce, DeAndre Hopkins, Tyreek Hill, Jarvis Landry, Michael Crabtree, Ted Ginn, DeSean Jackson, Amari Cooper

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Nick Olson

Nick Olson

Nick is a 15-year fantasy football veteran with countless season-long fantasy titles and championship trophies. He is a high school football coach in the state of Wisconsin and has also coached Championship semi-pro football teams. He is an offensive playcaller that lives for film study. Not only does he study his opponents in Wisconsin, he studies NFL film and accompanies that with data, analytics, and his scouting knowledge to make his fantasy decisions. He co-hosts the acclaimed fantasy football podcast "The Coach and Cole Show" on Blog Talk Radio with his lifelong friend and sports fanatic Cole Fouts. Beyond football, he writes on the St. Louis Blues for St.Louis Gametime and is an NHL DFS analyst.

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